July 3, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt of Craig LaBan's online chat : Craig LaBan: I learned the very sad news this morning that my friend Ed Hitzel - the South Jersey food critic, publisher, and broadcaster - died Monday night at 64 of a heart attack while eating at one of his favorite restaurants, Joe Italiano's Maplewood Restaurant in Hammonton. Eddie, as he was known to friends and listeners of his "Table for One" radio show (on WOND-1400 AM and, more recently, WIP-610 AM), had become a true South Jersey restaurant icon, publishing a well-read magazine (Ed Hitzel's Restaurant Magazine)
July 3, 2015 |
VENTNOR, N.J. - Some days on the fishing pier, all you catch is a breeze, some sunburn and bloodworm guts on your pants. No matter how much you emulate the old-timers, copying their baits and mimicking their little twitches with the rod, sometimes you just haul in seaweed while "Harold the cement guy," "Father Frank" and "Kenny the cop" are killing kingfish left and right. That's why they call it "fishing, not catching," one saying goes. If that one doesn't make a flustered fisherman feel better, the regulars and ringers who can't seem to miss a fish will tell you "a day out fishing always beats a day at work" and that's hard to argue against - unless you're Lou Kanter.
June 29, 2015 |
With a deep breath of ocean air for optimism and some midday waves to stoke an appetite, I've enjoyed largely charmed experiences each year in Jersey Shore restaurants. But each summer, there are inevitable exceptions. Seasonally staffed kitchens, hastily prepped spaces, and a sudden crush of customers can be a recipe for unpredictable dining. And my first few beach meals this summer, focused initially from Northfield north to Long Beach Island, brought unusually choppy seas. There were three meals I wish I could have back: Marty Grims' revamp of Tucker's Tavern in Beach Haven (an overpriced rush job that packed a bland multicourse meal into 45 unsatisfying minutes)
June 28, 2015 |
Sunday OCEAN CITY Travel the globe through song with the Ocean City Pops and pianist Joseph Mohan. The orchestra's "Pops Goes Around the World!" concert starts at 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Selections will take listeners to cities such as Paris, Moscow, and Madrid. Tickets are $20 for auditorium seats ($15 for solarium seating) and can be purchased online at ocnj.us/boxoffice. For more information, call 609-399-6111. Monday MARGATE Start the week off on the right foot with tai chi, a gentle Chinese martial art, at the Margate Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave. Instructor Gerri Medoff leads the class, which meets at 6:30 p.m. in the library park through September.
June 28, 2015 |
CAPE MAY - Lying 50 yards off the shore of a remote cove along a stretch of mud flats on the Delaware Bay - where prehistoric man once cultivated oysters with a kind of primitive aquaculture - modern-day researchers and aqua-farmers have been working hand in hand for more than a decade to seed and grow New Jersey's beleaguered oyster industry. And the results are paying off in a farm-to-table Cinderella story that has taken oysters out of the depths of blight- and disease-decimated shellfish populations, through the thorny trial and error of scientific research, and into a recovery phase that is producing a marketable product fit for gourmands.
June 25, 2015 |
Spencer Tinkel wielded a hot bat in his final season at New Hope-Solebury, hitting .507 with 32 RBIs and scoring 31 runs while earning first-team all-Bicentennial Athletic League honors. Continuing to power the ball, the third baseman helped the Suburban One League National Conference/Bicentennial squad win the 30th annual Carpenter Cup Classic. Tinkel, who will continue his career at Holy Cross, went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a run in a 12-6 romp over Jersey Shore in Tuesday morning's final at sun-splashed Citizens Bank Park.
June 21, 2015 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Ryan Santiago, 20, has been surfing since he was 5. Growing up at the Jersey Shore, he immersed himself in the surfing community and culture. In middle school and high school, he competed in several local and national surfing competitions. His older brother Sean, 22, was also a competitive surfer. In college, Ryan Santiago - a sociology major and Spanish minor - still pursues his passion. He recently returned from his sophomore year at the University of San Diego, where he is a member of the school surf team.
June 21, 2015 |
What are they?: Traditionally more of a coastal New England and Canadian Maritime provinces kind of thing than a Jersey Shore sandwich, lobster rolls have been around since the late 1920s, when a seafood purveyor in Milford, Conn., began serving them to the lunch crowd. Variations have been created over the years - mostly involving the addition of mayonnaise and diced celery and served cold. But the classic version is simply lobster meat soaked in melted butter, with a sprinkle of lemon juice, maybe some lettuce, sea salt, and black pepper mixed in, and served on a steamed or toasted hot dog bun slit across the top and smeared with a bit of mayo.
June 20, 2015 |
You're at the Shore and there is some rain. You could be back in the city sweating it out, so we only feel for you so much. Still, we're always here to help you dash through the drops and on to something Shore-wonderful. It may not be raining this weekend but it's always good to have some ideas in your back pocket. There she is No Kardashian she, but a big butt nonetheless: That's Lucy the Elephant (9200 Atlantic Ave., Margate, N.J., 609-823-6473, www.lucytheelephant.org )